Unlike public schools the staff are paid more and so they come for the check and could careless about your kids or they're belongings when traveling with staff. The school is understaffed. Everything offered is selectively provided I was told there's no space in Saturday academy in late September despite several automated calls saying all students are welcome to attend. Most staff members are very young and moody or sensitive. They're not capable of teaching professionalism to a child. Good schools have quiet halls organized movement of children group bathroom breaks working fountains everywhere text books and holding teachers accountable as much as students if children wear jeans they get detention but teachers wear spandex jeans sweat suits Jordan's and it's ok I feel sorry the kids rummaging through the lost and found everyday and there's entirely too many parents floating through out the school at three o'clock there's things that could help the school kids and parents the school doesn't communicate enough with the parents and if a parent try's to communicate with staff the school gets annoyed. Anywhere where a parent waits for pick up there's no seats except 2 in the office.
My son has been at FLI for two years and is in 4th grade. There have been great changes taking place, especially with the addition of the tutoring program. My son is able to get extra help after school and on saturdays. His teacher is always open to meeting with me and the weekly reports that get sent home are helpful in knowing what is happening in my sons classroom. I am happy with FLI!
We have been a member of the FLI family for almost 5 years and am extremely happy with the positive changes over the years. Not only has my child had great, caring, qualified teachers, but she has grown emotionally/socially because ALL levels of staff work on building a well rounded student...not just a good test taker. One of my favorite improvements has been accountability! There seems to be more structure for staff, teachers, students and parents and everyone knows what is expected. After all these years, I am still shocked at the lack of parent involvement. How can any parent not find some time to be included in the educational growth and success of their child??!!?? I've found that the biggest parent complainers have the worst student success...but then instead of taking responsibility for their shortcomings, they blame it on the school. I have NEVER had a problem scheduling meetings with anyone at FLI to discuss positive and negative circumstances. I've also found follow up on issues to be timely and appropriate. I really hope the parent that posted below was able to have her issues resolved in order to enjoy FLI as the great school it is!
I've had my kids in this school for three years and I have seen positive changes every year. The teachers have been responsive to me and I find the head of lower school and the principal to be people you can talk to to fix any concerns. As a parent who cares about FLI it makes me upset to read bad things about this school that are just not the case. If you have problems at the school you need to talk to the administration and they will help you. That has always been the way I have expereinced this school.
This school is terrible the principal is very mean and not social at all. Most people think the office manager is the principal.She doesn't correct anyone.So everyone thinks shes the pricipal.Some kids get to eat late breakfats but its based on favortism of the student who have attended longer.But new student the secretary will demand they sit away from her desk isolating them from the regulars.
They are very supportive and are helpful when trying to engage the students to learn activities. They are well rounded and overall have a winning staff. I would recommend this school because of their hard work and dedication for the students learning pattern. They have a rigorous curriculum that always allows the students to really get into the learning experience.
Future leaders is an ok school. The teachers are motivated and well rounded. As far as the children behavior begins at home. We can't expect for the teachers to do all the work! Parents must assist and do their part!
FLI has greatly improved this past year. Politics still exist but administration is really working hard to get it back to where it was when Gianna and Mark ran it. The biggest plus is that the classes are small - less than 20 kids in most of them. This means that your child will get a lot of attention. Most of the teachers are very young but they are also enthusiastic and not burned out from teaching yet. I have been with FLI over 6+ years and have been through 4 administrations! I finally feel comfortable again recommending FLI to any students that may be struggling. If your child is gifted then pass because there are no advanced courses and no Regents classes offered. The enrichment program is outstanding still. Lots of programs to choose from and does a real job keeping kids engaged. FLI has also stepped up the tutoring for all students.
Despite what I've heard-I decided to accept the lottery results and enroll my daughter into FLI. I can not count the amount of times my daughter has had issues with teachers and some bullies. The school's curriculum is well and my daughter has certainly grown academically but the mandatory Enrichment program is horribly staffed and disorganized. The disciplinary actions they take at the school with disrespectful children is next to none. My overall experience with FLI in just 8 months is horrible and makes me say that the school has FAILED my child! This is her first and last year at FLI!